Trump’s veto of Yemen resolution a positive signal: UAE

Anwar Gargash

Abu Dhabi — The United Arab Emirates Wednesday hailed as “strategic” President Donald Trump’s veto of a resolution from Congress directing him to end US support for the Arab Coalition in Yemen.

“President Trump’s assertion of support to the Arab Coalition in Yemen is a positive signal of US resolve toward America’s allies,” UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted.

“President Trump’s important decision is both timely & strategic,” said Gargash,.

The White House said on Tuesday that Trump had vetoed the congressional resolution.

“This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump said in the veto message.

Trump argued that US support the Arab Coalition was necessary for a variety of reasons, “first and foremost” to “protect the safety of the more than 80,000 Americans who reside in certain coalition countries.”

These countries “have been subject to Houthi attacks from Yemen,” he said, referring to drone and missile strikes the Coalition has either claimed were intercepted or denied altogether.

The president also said the resolution would “harm the foreign policy of the United States” and “harm our bilateral relationships.”

And it would “negatively affect our ongoing efforts to prevent civilian casualties and prevent the spread of terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS (Daesh), and embolden Iran’s malign activities in Yemen,” Trump said.